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					                                  CLOSET PRAYER

PRAY SECRETLY – IT’S PRIVATE
         “When thou prayest, enter into they closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy
Father…in secret” (Mt. 6:6, KJV). “When thou prayest” means literally, “Whenever you pray.”
Let all thy praying be in the closet with the door shut with everything and everybody shut out
except God and you. “Pray to thy Father in secret,” (an indication of a matter between God and
you, a sin to confess, or a private request to be brought before God) and then the answer will be
no secret. It will be known that God answers your prayer.
         Does this mean that I shut myself up in some private room to pray? Yes, you can do that
and ought to do it as often as possible. But entering a room and locking the door does not always
mean mental privacy. A thousand things may follow us into the room and so occupy our
attention and our mind that we do not pray at all. Our form of words can become playing an
actor’s part. We can pretend to be occupied with God, but we are really occupied with things
that distract us. In the presence of others, even of a great congregation, when praying a public
prayer, we should be so occupied with God that personal prayer is a private transaction with
Him.
         All real prayer is private with God the only auditor. The presence of the audience may
seem to suggest praise and petition, but closet prayer is not a dealing with the audience at all,
only with God. In preaching we speak to the people for God, and in public prayer we speak to
God for the people. The actor in prayer loves to stand praying in the synagogues and on the
street corners to “be seen of men.” Jesus says, “Thy have their reward” (Mt. 6:5, KJV). They
will be seen of men, but that is all they will get. Men may call them very religious, and perhaps
praise their prayers as eloquent, but God pays no attention to them, in fact seems to count them
as the heathen.
PRAY SECRETLY – IT’S PERSONAL
         Prayer may be public or private, but it should always be secret in the sense that it is a
personal transaction between the soul and God. Even if a thousand people should join in the
same prayer, only those who really pray deal personally with God. There are no proxies in
prayer. We pray for one another, but not instead of one another. I may intercede for you, but I
cannot do your praying for you.
PRAY SECRETLY – IT’S PRECIOUS
         The meaning of the Greek word translated “closet” is very suggestive. Its primary
meaning is “storehouse” or “barn,” a place where valuables are kept. It is the word Jesus uses in
Lk. 12:24 where He speaks of ravens not laying up in a storehouse or barn. It is the word
“storehouse” in the Septuagint of Dt. 28:8: “The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in
thy storehouses” (KJV). It is the word translated “barn” in Proverbs 3:10: “So shall they barns
be filled with plenty” (KJV). The idea of secrecy came out of the fact that men usually stored
their valuables in a secret place, and the word came to mean an inner chamber in their houses for
the storing of valuables. “When thou prayest,” says Jesus, “enter into thy secret chamber.”
         The place of real prayer is the Christian’s treasure chamber. He is there in the midst of
the treasures of grace which God has given him, and it is there that God enriches him more and
more. The closet can be the secret place of the Most high where God dwells, there we are made
rich in love, joy, peace, and all the fruits of the Spirit.
                                                                             Amzi Dixon (edit Dr. Marty Von)




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